I'm a digital product and graphics designer. I love device responsive web standards, functional user interfaces and branding — especially if there's a new product or service involved.
That's pretty specific, though. Deep down I really love designing all sorts of things. I geek out on physically interactive spaces and objects, data art, computational aesthetics, as well as bio-design.
I studied visual communication and art history at The George Washington University and I'm a graduate of New York University's innovative design and technology master's program, ITP.
I live, work and ride bikes in sunny Brooklyn, NY.
2010.09 — 2012.05
Master of Professional Studies
Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP) Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
2000.09 — 2004.05
BA Visual Communications with minor in Art History
The George Washington University
Graduated Cum Laude
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Spring 2003 semester at Sydney University, AU
2012.08 — present
UX Designer, Microsoft, New York, NY
I'm only just getting started.
2012.01 — 2012.05
Interaction Designer, SumAll, New York, NY
Worked with a small team of designers and developers to release the front-end of an analytics web application. Integrating an impressive array of data sources into a smart and charming experience, the application allows ecommerce business owners to save time and make better decisions.
2011.06 — 2011.09
UX Designer, Microsoft Bing, Bellevue, WA
Worked with design, editorial, dev and program management teams to scope, design and develop prototypes for a soon-to-be-released Bing.com feature during a summer internship. The internship culminated in two presentations of the feature prototypes to senior leadership at Microsoft as well as the Bing design team.
2007.02 — 2010.08
Graphic & Interaction Designer, Empax, Inc., New York, NY
Created a range of environmental, print and interactive materials to promote nonprofit clients and their causes. responsible for designing and presenting brand strategies, identities, print collateral, environmental signage, animation, user experience and interface, content management system setup and third party plug-in and data integration, search engine optimization, user analytics and testing.
2006.12 — 2011.08
Freelance Graphic & Interaction Design Consultant, New York, NY
Worked as a sole proprietor with various clients from retail, music, film, nonprofit, real estate and technology industries to create and improve existing brand and user experiences across many platforms and media, although mostly print and web.
2004.04 — 2006.01
Graphic Designer, The George Washington University Communication & Creative Services, Washington, DC
Worked with project management and external production vendors to deliver a range of print and interactive material related to university publications and communications initiatives. responsibilities included design and implementation of print collateral, posters, animation, environmental signage, web publication and press checks.
2011.11 — 2012.02
Vibrant Technology Researcher, Intel Research, NYC
Grant recipient working with NYU faculty, Intel researchers and student collaborators to design and develop a prototype for a location-based interactive organism that explores what happens when technologies are re-envisioned as peers instead of tools.
2006.01 — 2006.12
English Teacher, NOVA Japan, Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
Taught and mentored students of all ages and abilities in small to medium-sized classes to improve proficiency in english linguistics and conversation.
Creative Applications (Web)
“BKME.ORG – A Web Platform for Reclaiming Bike Lanes”
by Greg J. Smith
Laughing Squid (Web)
“BKME, Web Platform For Recording Bicycle Lane Violations”
by Edw Lynch
Project: Pousse Cafe
“A Bartender That Pours The Perfect Shot, Every Shot” by Matt Buchanan
The Alliance for Climate Protection Website
“Dialogue: Martin Kace”
by Steven Heller
ITP Winter Show 2011, NYC
ITP Spring Show 2011, NYC
Data Viz Challenge Party, hosted by Eyebeam and Google, NYC
ITP Winter show 2010, NYC
As part of an introductory assignment for my machine learning class called Learning Bit by Bit at ITP we were asked to read both Computing Machinery and Intelligence, by Alan Turing (1950) and Minds, Brains and Programs by Jon Searle (1980) and then react to these readings – which I am doing here.
I’m familiar with Turing and his test, and although I wasn’t so familiar with Searle’s Chinese Room thought experiment before reading it this time, it seems like minutiae added to a debate I feel neither qualified for nor passionately about given that it asks us to predict how we will behave in conditions that don’t yet exist. Rather than react to whether or not I believe machine consciousness will occur on a Monday or a Wednesday, I’m more interested in considering questions that naturally arise from this debate about what it means to be human and our own capacity for compassion and empathy in a world where machines claim their own consciousness.
Is a plant conscious? Is a dog? Am I? Are you? Who’s to say otherwise? If we safely assume that every human is conscious and operates independently then achieving some level of human equivalence, as posited by Turing, should suffice in proving a machine’s claim to autonomy. It’s interesting to imagine in that world, where we’re being told of their readiness, we refute the machine’s claim pretty much on the grounds that we’ve witnessed its legacy of development – thus inspiring our arrogance into judging the validity of the claim. Maybe if the first conscious computer arrives out of the desert, with a cryptic set of scrolls claiming its patriarchal line to God we would have no choice but to accept the claim. We would first accept it, and then we would kill it.
I think the faculties we use to consider this idea of a thinking machine are numerous, but as of now, these concepts are only approached with reason and or a sense of spirituality. We could spend all day thinking about our own sense of a soul and how that relates to a machine’s, or more than five decades going tit for tat on which precise moment logically defines the moment of conception. The real test, in my opinion, of a machine’s indisputable claim to consciousness, is whether or not the dull amongst us are reacting viscerally. If it asks us for our clothes, our boots and our motorcycle – and we get into a bar fight with it – I’ll be the first one running.
If a machine claims autonomy and we don’t try to kill it, could it really be conscious?